Analyzing three of the most popular mobile Operating systems of today


When you decide to buy a smartphone, you would want to invest in a device that will last for at least a year. This article takes you through one of the most important factors that determine the usefulness of a smartphone – its operating system (OS). The OS running on all the hardware packed into a smart looking device determines how “smart” your smartphone really is.


According to a Gartner report published in August 2012, Android currently enjoys a worldwide market share of 64.1 per cent, unassailable in the near future given that iOS ranks number two with 18.8 per cent.


The verdict

If I was to conclude which mobile OS leads the way and has better growth prospects, I would definitely consider the stability and supremacy of Apple’s iOS as a stable, robust, beautiful and simple-to-use mobile OS. I would also consider the 695,000+ apps available on the App Store. My concern, however, would be availability of apps and software upgrades for Apple iPhone owners in Pakistan. The hardware and carrier locked nature of iOS is also a concern, coupled with the fact that the OS can be run on Apple devices only. I would also keep Windows Phone 8 in the race as it is growing rapidly without a doubt and offers the stability and power of Windows NT. lt is hardware-manufacturer neutral and available on a number of brands. The number of applications available is still a concern that limits productivity and the potential to which a phone powered by

Windows Phone 8 can be used. Hands down, the clear winner is Android. With developers whose numbers run beyond thousands worldwide and its open architecture, the Android OS has undergone explosive growth, both in terms of sales and keeping pace with new features offered by competing mobile operating systems. Its leading market share worldwide speaks for itself.


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